Vegan ~ Gluten Free
Gluten Free Dried Basil Cauliflower Bites
w/ Sweet Chili Tahini
We are obsessed with cauliflower bites in my family! It is such a great side dish or just a fun finger food! Whenever we see it on the menu we know we got to order them!
This recipe was actually inspired by Cauliflower Bites baked bites! They are a Hollywood, Florida vendor at this amazing market called The Yellow Green Market! They serve the bites in a paper cone with a verity of sauces. We ordered it with sweet chili & tahini so I decided to recreate them at home.
My husband & I love their baked cauliflower bites so much we have actually ordered them once when we got there & again before we left the market.
I never made sweet chili before but now that I have made it at home it is so simple we make it all the time & use it on many different things! If you want to keep some extra in a container just double the recipe.
1 Head of Cauliflower
1 ½ Cups Gluten Free Bread Crumbs (I used Chickpea breadcrumbs from Wat U See Foods)
1 Cup Tapioca Flower
1 Cup unsweetened Oat or plant-based milk of choice
2 Tbsp Dried Basil (I used Preg Brand)
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Chili Powder
⅛ tsp Black Pepper
⅛ tsp Salt
Sweet Chili Sauce:
¼ Cup White Wine (or you can use Rice Vinegar)
¼ Cup Water
½ Tbsp Sugar
2 tsp Sambal Oelek
1½ tsp Tapioca Starch
1 tsp Lemon Juice
Sweet Chili Tahini:
3 Tbsp Tahini
¼ Cup Water
4 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
½ Tbsp Lemon Juice
Preheat oven for 400° degrees.
Begin by cutting the cauliflower & washing it. I cut the cauliflower in half & ripped the florets into bite size pieces.
In 3 separate bowls, add 1 bowl of tapioca flour, 1 bowl of plant-based milk, & another bowl mix together breadcrumbs, basil, chili, salt, & pepper.
On a baking try lay out a baking sheet or tin foil & coat with avocado oil.
Then take the cauliflower florets & first dip them into the tapioca starch. Next, dip into the milk & then coat the florets in the breadcrumbs. I press the cauliflower firmly into the breadcrumbs to make sure it really sticks. Repeat & line all the florets on the baking sheet.
Once all the cauliflower is breaded, lightly drizzle some oil over all the pieces.
Place in the oven for 25 minutes & then flip each piece & cook for another 20 mins.
While the cauliflower bites are cooking make the sweet chili.
In a sauce pan add all the sweet chili ingredients. Stir well! The tapioca starch has to be fully dissolved in the cool liquid before being heated. Turn on the stove on a medium low flame & cook for about 5-7 minutes. Let cool.
In a bowl add tahini, water, lemon juice, & sweet chili sauce. Mix well.